last-minute hairstyles

3 Stylish & Easy Last-Minute Hairstyles for New Years Eve

How to whip your hair into shape before the clock strikes 12!

Many of us don’t know what our New Year’s Eve plans are until the very last minute. One minute we don’t have any plans, the next minute we’re digging through our closets to find that one little black dress number that always comes through at the right time. And to top it all off, this is the time we resort to cute last-minute hairstyles that can be done in 10 minutes or less.

Let us help you stay ahead of the game. We know this exact situation is bound to happen to plenty of gals out there so we’ve rounded up three easy last-minute hairstyles that you can create minutes before the ball drops.

Easy Last-Minute Hairstyles to Ring In The New Year

1. The Bun

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Smooth your hair into a sleek bun in just five minutes.

We have yet to hear that the beloved top knot has failed anyone! If you’re attending a super fancy fête, this will call for a bun that is sultry and neat. After all, you do want to look like you spent time on your hair. Use Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to add shine to your hair before creating your updo. Brush hair up into a high ponytail, secure it with a hair elastic, wrap the ends into a bun, and pin it in place. Set your style with a shine spray-like Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray and hit the town running.

2. The Sleek Low Ponytail

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The key to nailing this look is the right gel. Use a gel that provides a strong, crunch-free hold. Photo credit:

Taking cues from the wet hair trend, give your ordinary ponytail a chic update with this sexy take on the look. Smooth a generous amount of hair gel (we like Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel) onto the base of your hair, and brush through to spread. Gather your hair into a super low ponytail, apply some more gel to the lengths of your hair, then take a section of hair to wrap around the base of your ponytail for an elegant finish.

3. The Curly Pineapple

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The pineapple pony is one of the best last-minute hairstyles for curly-haired gals.

If you have curly hair and you think leaving your curlicues out won’t stand a chance while you’re ringing in the new year on the dance floor, consider giving the pineapple updo a stylish update as pictured above or this one by Mini Marley. An easy way to recreate the look: Refresh your hair with Nexxus New York Salon Care Conditioning Mist, then smooth Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil all over your curls to add shine and lock in moisture. Gather your curls into a super high ponytail and allow your front-facing curls to cascade towards your face like bangs. What we love most about this style, you don’t have to do anything when you get home besides take off your makeup. Your hair is already covered!

Need more inspiration for ringing in 2024? Here’s how you can create halo braids for the holidays and a sultry 1950s look that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve. 

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